Washington's 5 Most Epic Adventures

    By: Jason Zabriskie + Save to a List

    It's important to find time to explore the outdoors as often as possible, even if it's just a short hike before work. But we all have that urge inside of us to finally go on that epic adventure. To walk through untouched forests, swim in crystal clear lakes, and stand triumphantly on the peak of a mountain we once viewed from miles away. Washington is home to the Cascade Mountains, old growth forests, and endless trails weaving through them to a multitude of stunning destinations. Check out some of my favorites in this list, and find the inspiration you need to finally go on that epic adventure.

    1. Tuck and Robin Lakes

    Photo: Jason Zabriskie

    This trek has in-your-face views of Mt. Daniel and Cathedral Rock and a high probability of mountain goat sighting. Learn More.

    2. Gothic Basin to Foggy Lakes

    Photo: Scott Kranz

    Once you reach the basin, you can scramble to the summits of Del Campo Peak and/or Gothic Peak for truly amazing views. Learn More.

    3. Spider Creek to Buck Creek Pass

    Photo: Nick Lake

    This 41 mile trek has nearly constant astounding views of the surround mountains, lakes, and forest. Learn More.

    4. Spade and Venus Lakes

    Photo: Jason Zabriskie

    You'll catch breathtaking mountain scenery and two of the most remote lakes in the Alpine Lake Wilderness. Learn More.

    5. Thornton Lakes to Trappers Peak

    Photo: Scott Kranz

    Set up camp at the pristine Thornton Lakes and scramble up to Trappers Peak the next morning for an amazing sunrise. Learn More.

    We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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